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Time for #MeToo wave to sweep Jamaica

Published:Tuesday | May 15, 2018 | 12:11 AM


When women finally have the courage to speak out against influential Jamaican men abusing them, the response from the public should not immediately be that she is trying to get his money.

With one in three girls in Jamaica being forced into her first sexual experience, the issue of sexual violence should not be trivialised.

We have seen the rise of the #MeToo movement bringing to light the despicable practices of some of the most powerful men in the world, giving voice to the survivors to advocate for change in our societies and how we respond to reports of sexual violence and abuse.

However, here in Jamaica, despite our horrifying statistics, powerful Jamaicans still prevent women from reporting incidents of sexual violence and abuse, either implicitly or explicitly through threats. We must recognise that power and influence comes from many sources money.

Men who occupy positions of influence and power should not be treated any differently than other less-powerful men who commit these violent acts, since anyone is capable of being an abuser.